Kentucky-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant are still hard at work promoting last year's full length "Melophobia." They stopped by Los Angeles' Ernie Ball Showroom for an intimate acoustic performance of their new album's biggest hit, "Come A Little Closer." That performance, part of Ernie Ball's "Set Me Up" series, is available exclusively via Billboard below:Frontman Matthew Shultz combined forces with bassist Daniel Tichenor and guitarists Brad Shultz and Lincoln Parish to create a stripped-down, yet still musically lush performance of the hit single. But it's more than just a standard studio take; the band also digs deep about their musical beginnings.
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Matthew Shultz reveals he took up music after quitting the high school football team. Why? Because his mother had gotten divorced and began dating his football coach. But it's not all teenaged angst. "My dad was always an advocate of finding your own path," the singer says. He recounts dumpster diving for an old drum kit and embracing a slightly skewed technique, at his encouragement.
On a more professional note, the instruments played in the video include an Armada Guitar, an Albert Lee Guitar and a Stingray Bass.
"Come A Little Closer" was the first single released off "Melophobia." Currently in its 37th week on Alternative Songs, it sits at No. 7, after peaking at No. 1.
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